Hoedspruit Reptile Centre (HRC) is a small, privately-owned reptile education and conservation centre situated just outside the small wilderness town of Hoedspruit in South Africa.
Since its creation as Swadini Reptile Park, 36 years ago, the Centre has become an important icon in reptile and amphibian conservation, education, and research both within South Africa and around the world.
Severe lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government of South Africa, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has forced the Centre to close its doors to the public. Consequently, all forms of income have ceased. We were able to cover our running costs for a period, but now with lockdown continuing and with no end currently in sight, we are struggling to stay afloat. Our team of dedicated staff continue daily to care for the Centre and its animals.
As a conservation body supporting the preservation of reptiles, a group of animals so easily overshadowed by more iconic megafauna, we have been unsuccessful in our applications for government and private aid initiatives. We therefore continue to bare all the costs of housing and caring for our animals while remaining liable for municipal and other operational costs. As we enter the winter months, our costs are expected to increase.Very soon, we will completely run out of funds.
We are pleading for any financial assistance that you may be able to spare, as we move through the lockdown restrictions and beyond. With your help, we pledge to do everything humanly possible to keep our Centre running and care for its animals so that we may continue our vital work in reptile and amphibian conservation.
We understand that many people are struggling during this difficult period, and we appreciate any possible financial assistance and/or simply sharing our campaign with your friends and family.
We will keep you updated regularly on our progress and on exactly how your generous donations are being utilised at HRC!